Friday March 24, 2017

Happy 1st Anniversary Five on Friday!

Anyone who knows me, knows I love marking milestones like birthdays and anniversaries. So today, I am happy to celebrate with you the first anniversary of Five on Friday. A year ago I launched this blog with the aim of connecting, communicating, and breaking the silence around mental illness. Each week, I hear from some of you in response to these bite-sized and personal musings on mental health. Each week, the number of subscribers grows. Each week, we are moving in the direction of more understanding and less stigma. Thank you for joining me on this journey.

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Here are all the postings from Year 1. Maybe you have a favorite you want to read again. Maybe you missed one that you can read now. Maybe you know someone who is struggling with a mental health concern. Maybe you could find one posting to send to someone you know and invite them to subscribe. Invite them to join us in changing the way we think about and talk about mental health and mental illness.

Why Five on Friday
1.
Kenya’s “Big Five” 
2.
Indaba South Africa 
3.
Robben Island: Lepers, Lunatics, and Political Prisoners
4.
 Passover: An Allegory for Psychotherapy
5.
 Lessons from Prince and Other Royals
6.
This One’s for You, Mom!
7.
Patrick Roche, Spoken Word Poet
8.
#ProtectYourGirls 
9.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
10.
Decibels Rising
11.
From ArpaNET to InterNET to WHO Global Clinical Practice NETwork
12.
Pomp and Circumstance
13.
We Are Orlando
14.
Fiction’s Truth Telling About Mental Illness
15.
Landmark Resolution for Mental Health
16.
Remembering Elie Wiesel
17.
Pokemon Go!
18.
It’s All Fun and Games Until… 
19.
Going for the Gold
20.
Summer at the Seashore
21.
Michael Bloomberg Named WHO Ambassador
22.
Whistle While You Work
23.
Remembering 9/11…and Other Memorials
24.
Why Cry?
25.
Born to Run
26.
I’ve Made Up My Mind…
27.
Everest is Not the Only Mountain to Climb in Nepal
28.
Bees!
29.
#NotOkay: Sobering Stats on Sexual Violence
30.
Painkillers are Killing Us
31.
Separate but (Not) Equal
32.
It’s Not What I Imagined…
33.
Spanking as a Cure for Mental Illness?
34.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
35.
Stories that Inspire
36.
John Glenn, American Hero
37.
Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
38.
(No) Home for the Holidays
39.
5-7-5
40.
Can You Really Die From a Broken Heart?
41.
One Year Old
42.
I Have a Dream
43.
Polio, Students, and the Long Haul 
44.
Have You Had “The Conversation?”
45.
Low-income Countries Score High Marks on Innovative Mental Health Interventions
46.
Love is EleMENTAL
47.
What’s Your Favorite Comfort Food?
48.
Have You Ever Been to Geel?
49.
Celebrating International Women’s Day 2017
50.
The Surgery Was a Success. So Why Do I Feel So Bad?
51.
Happy 1st Anniversary Five on Friday!
52.

Kathleen M. Pike, PhD - Is Professor of Psychology & Director of the Mental Health Program at CUMC kmp2@cumc.columbia.edu